Best Summer Events in Breckenridge

Seasons: Summer

It’s no secret that Breckenridge knows how to party. The summer brings big events, each celebrating a Breckenridge best-of. Join us to celebrate history, bikes, beer and more. Read on for tips and local favorites at these top summer events in Breckenridge. The fun continues as the seasons change, so don’t miss fall festival season and top winter events.

WAVE: Light + Water + Sound:  May 31-June 3, 2018

Angels of Freedom light installation at WAVE in Breckenridge
“Angels of Freedom” is one of the many light installations that will be featured during WAVE.

Breckenridge Creative Arts brings back this four-day event featuring interactive art, temporary installations and musical performances around the Blue River Plaza. Exhibitions range from serious to whimsical, and all center on the themes of light, water and sound.

Family tip: In early June, the sun doesn’t set until practically 8:30 p.m. Plan ahead for a later night, because this one is totally kid-friendly.

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Independence Day Celebration:  July 2-4, 2018

 Each Independence Day, Breckenridge kicks off the party with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music, a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra and an extraordinary fireworks display close out the night. Don’t miss Breckenridge Creative Arts’ Street Arts Festival, which celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art, July 2-4.

Family tip: Bring a swimsuit! Kids’ water fights are tradition, and you’ll have dry clothes for later.

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Breckenridge International Festival of Arts: Aug. 11-20, 2018

Photo by Thomas Dambo, courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts.
Thomas Dambo’s sculpture of a giant will be one of the featured attractions during the 2018 Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.

Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, this 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, installations, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks, and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, theater, film, visual and street arts, and family entertainment.

Locals’ tip: Sign up to volunteer — you’ll usually get an inside look at the artists and exhibitions. For example, in past years, volunteers got to meet the artist and help paint with him for The Blue Trees exhibit.

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Labor Day Weekend: September 2-4, 2018

Enjoy beautiful autumn temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race, the annual Sidewalk Sale, the Gathering at the Great Divide Arts Festival and more. With so much going on, you’ll need an extra day to experience it all.

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By Breck Editorial

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